Board of Trustees meets, selects new chair

The university’s Board of Trustees met on Friday (August 14), as well as several board subcommittees. Here’s a rundown of what actions they took.

Smith elected new chair of UofSC Board of Trustees

The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees unanimously elected Dr. Charlie Dorn Smith, III to a two-year term as the body’s new chairperson during a board meeting on Friday, Aug. 14.

Smith, a surgeon and native of Turbeville, S.C., represents the Third Judicial Circuit and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2010. His board experience includes service on numerous committees including Audit and Compliance, Student and System Affairs, Academic Affairs and Faculty Liaison, and Health Affairs.

He replaces outgoing chairman John C. von Lehe, Jr., who served two terms as chair beginning in 2016.

New vice chair, committee chairs elected

Thad Westbrook was elected as new vice chair. Westbrook represent the 11th judicial circuit and has been a board member since 2010.

The following new committee chairs also were elected:

  • Dan Adams, Academic Excellence and Student Experience Committee
  • Eugene Warr, Advancement, Engagement and Communications Committee
  • Rose Newton, Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee
  • Mack Whittle, Finance and Infrastructure Committee
  • Hugh Mobley, Health and Medical Affairs Committee
  • Leah Moody, University System Committee

University contracts approved

The board’s Executive and Governance committee recommended a variety of contracts for review by the full board, who subsequently approved them. They include:

  • a lab services agreement with Nephron Pharmaceuticals, which will allow Nephron to provide no-cost COVID-19 testing materials and test results to UofSC Columbia and USC Aiken
  • a donation of 115,000 hand sanitizer units from Nephron Pharmaceuticals
  • a revenue-generating agreement between the Moore School and the Army Finance and Controller School at Fort Jackson
  • an amendment to the concessions agreement with Aramark, which will allow Gamecock Athletics to alter the sales of alcohol inside suites and premium seating in Williams Brice Stadium
  • a renewed lease agreement for the university to use 707 Catawba St. as a space for film storage, student work studios and theater student activities
  • a renewed one-year agreement for University Libraries to retain access to 2,000 e-journal subscriptions
  • four affiliation agreements between the university and various university foundations
  • two charter flight contracts for football away game travel for 2020 and 2021

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